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English Title: Attitudes of young men and women enrolled in Youth Centers of the Higher Council for Youth towards gender
Author/Creator: El Kharouf, A.
Type of publication: Journal Article
Bibliographic reference: El Kharouf, A. 2010, ‘Attitudes of Young Men and Women Enrolled in Youth Centers of the Higher Council for Youth towards Gender’, An-Najah University Journal for Research – Humanities, vol. 24, no. 8, pp. 2359-2394
Abstract: The study aims to identify the extent of awareness amongst young men and women who attend youth centers about the concept “gender”, the ways in which true equality can be achieved, and also to identify their outlook concerning masculinity and femininity in women’s empowerment situations. The study also strives to identify the traits and professions that are linked to masculinity and femininity. In order to achieve these goals the descriptive method was used and a questionnaire was designed and given out to a random sample of young people who are enrolled in youth centers all over the Kingdom of Jordan, (316) young men and women, the percentage of females reached (50.9%). After collecting and analyzing the data, the results showed that dominant socio-culture is still the main source that directs young people’s attitudes towards the roles of male and females in society. Moreover, only half of the sample group had heard of the term gender. It also points out that both males and females agree about the importance of gender equality concerning opportunities, rights and responsibilities. However, females agreed more strongly than males. The study also conveyed that both sexes agreed upon the importance of female decision making in the family, especially concerning a girl’s right to all levels of education. Nevertheless, both young men and women moderately agreed to female decision-making regarding their daughters’ wedding in the future at a young age, and marriage. Their attitudes were positive towards husband's participation in domestic work such as helping with grocery shopping, teaching children and helping around the house. Yet, the percentage decreased in both sexes towards helping in preparing the dining table. Moreover, they both agreed that it is important that the husband's salary should be added to his wife's salary in order to ease the financial burden of the family. The percentage decreased slightly when the issue involved women's rights to owning economic assets, women becoming project managers, women filling leadership positions, owning projects, the importance of highlighting models of female leadership in the media and determining occupations specific to males and females, and finally women’s right to equal work conditions. Their attitudes were negative towards a co-sex work environment. Percentages varied between young men and women in qualities described as masculine or feminine, furthermore, both sexes agreed that creativity and thinking are characteristics that apply to both sexes, also that there was one profession that is considered suitable for males and females which is teaching.
Original abstract of the author: Yes
Field of science: All/General
Relation with Gender and Science topics: Underlying Causes and effects
Geographical coverage: Jordan
Time coverage: 2000s
Methodological approach: Empirical research. Quantitive techniques
Identifier: ISSN: 1727-8449
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